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The New U.S. Visa Rush: Build A Charter School, Get A Green Card

Reuters | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education

By Stephanie Simon Oct 12 (Reuters) - It's been a turbulent period for charter schools in the United States, with fina...

California School Board Blocks Parent Takeover Bid

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2012 | Education

By Troy Anderson ADELANTO, Calif., March 28 (Reuters) - A group of activist parents in this impoverished community were thwarted again...

Hostile Takeover: Parents Seek Control Of Failing School In High-Stakes U.S. Education Reform

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2012 | Education

(Corrects information about the founding of Parent Revolution, adds that union backed anti-trigger activist in Florida, clarifies proposed structure...

Education Is Not a Consumer Product

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.09.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

Now, courtesy of Gates and others, we're on the front edge of an analogous privatizing wave that will drown public education. Once it's gone, we'll never get it back.

Stray Dogs, Saints, and Saviors

John Thompson | Posted 07.09.2011 | Education
John Thompson

As the school year closes on hundreds of school turnarounds, the must-read book is Alexander Russo's Stray Dogs, Saints, and Saviors. Russo recounts the turnaround of Locke High School by Steve Barr and Green Dot.

The Doublespeak of Ed Reform

Sue Peters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Sue Peters

I can't help but wonder if it isn't an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in: setting them up to fail, making it impossible for them to be creative or independent.

The Blind Side

Leonie Haimson | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Leonie Haimson

Much of what has been written about Harlem Village Academies, Green Dot and many other charter schools is the product of a massive PR machine, of which Waiting for "Superman" is just the glossiest example.

Waiting for a Fair Shake: The One Sidedness of 'Waiting for Superman'

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Paras Bhayani

"Waiting for 'Superman' " may well perform a valuable service by shining light on a long-neglected issue. But I can't help but focus on the fact that it seems flawed in its two principal policy arguments.

On Guggenheim's Cutting Room Floor

Jonathan Gyurko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Gyurko

But in choosing--and reinforcing--the clichés of school reform, Waiting for "Superman" naively endorses an inflammatory politics that only hardens people and their positions.

Charter Schools Don't Do Miracles

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Charter schools are not the magic bullet that will transform urban minority public schools. As you peel away layers of the charter onion, the inevitable problems come to the surface.

LA Schools' Big Experiment

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Think of it as a big chem lab experiment. The Los Angeles Unified School District is testing the hypothesis that allowing a bunch of people to compete for running schools will yield better ones.

Making Teachers Unions Work for Students -- And All Teachers

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

Getting unions to prioritize compensation and not the strictures that constrain schools would require a tectonic shift in their priorities, but precedent for such reformed advocacy does exist.

The New School of Education?

Paul Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Paul Miller

Some of the most interesting examples of urban education reform anywhere in the nation are happening here in Los Angeles. One of these reforms is in teacher training.

Bystander Education: How To Act In The Face Of Violence

Huffington Post | Jonathan Daniel Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

In the final episode of Seinfeld, the apathetic foursome were arrested in a small New England town for standing by and laughing while a heavy-set man ...

True Angels in the City of Angels: The Top 5 Social Enterprises in LA

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Greenblatt

Despite the negative press, LA is a vibrant hub of ethnicities and ideas, a thriving metropolis that spurs continuous innovation for the common good.

Prepaid Debit Cards

nytimes.com | ANDREW MARTIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

For many people who do not have bank accounts, or cannot get a credit card, the appeal is irresistible, making the reloadable cards among the consumer...

Green Dot: Proponent of Educational Reform

Micheal McElveen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Micheal McElveen

After Green Dot turned my Watts, L.A. high school into a charter, I felt a sense of inspiration in witnessing and living the transformation process. I should not be the exception.

Renaissance 2010 Gets A Solid 'B'

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

New University of Chicago findings pour cold water on both the most ardent critics and most ardent proponents of both Ren10 and the charter schools it has created.

Can a hostile takeover help a desperate inner city high school?

Christal Smith | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christal Smith

Take one run down high school near Watts, California, that straddles two rival gang territories and has a 75% dropout rate for incoming freshmen; add...

Barack Obama, "These Kids" and Charter Public Schools

Tom Cosgrove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Cosgrove

Barack Obama, in a pre-election speech, told the story of a teacher he encountered who complained of a "these kids" syndrome - the tendency to explain...